International Law of WarThis course examines the international legal rules governing war. It focuses on two legal regimes-one governing decisions to use of force (jus ad bellum), the other governing the conduct of hostilities (jus in bello, the law of armed conflict, or international humanitarian law). For each, we will consider traditional doctrines and debates, and explore how those doctrines handle contemporary challenges: Do terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction render traditional rules on self-defense obsolete? Under what circumstances is humanitarian intervention lawful (if at all)? What protections must be afforded to terrorism detainees? What is the proper balance between fighting insurgent groups that blend into the population and protecting civilians from attack? The course will take seriously issues of implementation, enforcement, and noncompliance.
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